In January 2014, a professor and four students from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Edmond, Oklahoma began meeting to commercialize a product for mobility impaired individuals. The Get People Moving team entered and were selected as finalist in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business plan competition.
In April of the same year, Get People Moving, LLC (GPM) was formed as a start-up company engaged in commercializing personal mobility products in global healthcare markets to address the mobility needs of individuals who are lame, injured, or amputees.
According to the World Health Organization (2009), there are 20 to 25 million people globally who need mobility devices due to loss of lower limbs. A large number of these individuals reside in developing countries, where disabling lower limb injuries result from natural disaster, disease, land mines, and un-exploded ordnance. Tens of thousands of people are injured annually by natural disaster. An estimated 25,000 people are maimed by encounters with explosive devices each year. Disease can take at least as great a toll. The result: life with severely limited mobility, and major negative impact on families and communities.
The challenge of lost mobility is not limited to the developing world. According to the Amputee Coalition of America, there are 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States. Many are those individuals suffering from disease such as diabetes, where each year there are 86,000 diabetic foot amputations according to the National Institute of Health. The Huffington Post reports that there are more than 1,500 U.S. Service men and women that are amputees as casualties resulting from combat in Afghanistan alone.
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